Lacking vaginas, many gods gave birth from their mouths. Priests of
Ra claimed their god gave birth to the first couple from his mouth. The Satapatha Brahmana said the god Prajapati learned to give birth to
creatures from his mouth; but before he could manage it, he had to make sacrifices to an older, higher power: the Goddess Svaha, Lady of
--Barbara Walker, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
In the early 1900's birth came to be viewed as a pathological process
requiring medical help. Influential obstetrical textbooks taught that a healthy birth occurred naturally in only a minority of mothers and that
most births needed to have the natural process improved upon.
What makes being born so frightful is the intensity, the boundless
scope and variety of the experience, its suffocating richness.
People say -- and believe -- that a newborn baby feels nothing. He feels everything.
Everything -- utterly, without choice or filter or discrimination.
Birth is a tidal wave of sensation, surpassing anything we can
The journey through chaos to meet the Madwoman can be a creative
process, for the Madwoman connects us to creativity. Just as Ereshkigal, Sumer's dark goddess of the Underworld, was mad, suffering from labor pains while trying to give birth, and needed empathy and compassion, so does every woman experience a mad time as she tries to give birth to a new way of being, whether she brings forth an artwork or her new feminine self.
--Linda Leonard, Meeting the Madwoman
You who were darkness warmed my flesh